Summer has arrived at last, and with it the best full moon of the year. In Malibu, the moon rose over the ocean this month, and as usual I went out to paint this spectacular event. I had a small group of students with me for the moonrise, which kept me too busy to paint the actual event, but as the night wore on and the moon drew higher I found this scene and settled in for the evening. The high tide was throwing plumes of mist into the night air, which caught the moonlight for just a moment before falling back to the sea.
The full moon stirred my inner philosopher, and I began to see the plumes of mist as human lives, rising from ashes to shine for a moment before we’re beckoned home again. It was Art that taught me to look at the world this way, seeing stories and lessons in nature all around, and I continue to believe that it is Art’s most important role to enlighten the soul by infusing Nature with subtext. I used to paint the full moon every month, and this painting has made me realize how much I’ve missed it. Newly inspired, I’m planning to paint next month’s full moon from the same location. If you care to join me as observer or as student, you can just let me know by replying to this email.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the On Location in Malibu exhibition at the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine, I’ll be joining a few of the artists in the exhibition on Saturday to give a guided tour led by Michael Zakian, the Director of the Museum. It goes from 2-3 p.m. this Saturday, July 11th. Admission is five dollars.
In August, I’ll be heading out to the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont to teach a workshop on plein-air painting. I’ve never been to the great state of Vermont, and I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to paint in this famously beautiful area. If you’d like to join me there, please call the California Art Club at (626) 583-9009, or reply to this email with your phone number and I’ll give you a call.
I’ll continue my travels in the second half of the year, with trips planned to Vermont, D.C., Louisiana and Tennessee. Whether out across the country or here in southern California, I hope to see many of you in the months to come, wherever beauty can be found.
David C. Gallup